Hotel Apologises For 'Effigy Body' Tribute To Couple's Dead Son
A family has been left "absolutely horrified" by an effigy left in their hotel room as a tribute to their late son.
Faye and Andrew Stephen's holiday to Jamaica was almost ruined by the disturbing effigy placed in their room
Since their son Alex's death in 2014, Faye and Andrew Stephens have made it a tradition to go on holiday for his birthday.
Family friend and godmother of Alex, Karen Baker had joined them on their trip to Jamaica.
During their stay, Baker tipped two hotel staff members to place balloons and a cake in the Stephens' room on the day of Alex's birthday.
But what was left in the room was a "horrifying" effigy, Baker told BBC Three Counties’ Radio JVS show.
Hotel staff had allegedly gone through their wardrobes to find clothes, which were stuffed with towels to create the dummy.
“They even put tears down the face and a can of lager in his hand," Baker said.
“I was absolutely horrified. We just didn’t want our friends to see it."
Baker was left "sweating and shaking" when she saw the effigy, and removed it before her friends could see it.
"I was absolutely horrified. We just didn't want our friends to see it," she said.
The tour company TUI UK has refunded the family for their holiday over the "misunderstanding", following the story being aired, the BBC reported.
"We offer our sincere apologies to the Baker party for their holiday experience in Jamaica," a spokesperson said.
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